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Culpeper Times • August 9-15, 2018

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Kelsey's Big Give celebrates 10 years By Amy Wagner Contributing Writer Just after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, over 200 people spilled out the doors of Culpeper United Methodist Church with a common mission to serve Christ and others in the community. Some were young and some were old but most were armed with pitchforks and shovels; wheelbarrows and gloves; rakes and saws; because everyone had a job to do on this tenth annual mission day of Kelsey’s Big Give. Kelsey Jean-Marie Orndorff was killed in a car accident ten years ago and last Saturday the large turnout of volunteers were honoring her love for mission work and serving others. Twenty-six teams of various numbers departed to 21 different project sites throughout the community to perform a plethora of tasks including garage door installation, sanding, gutter cleaning, hedge trimming, wood splitting, general yard work verifying flood

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buckets. Many people that participated were repeat volunteers from previous years. OJ and Celia Faulk, and their two children, have volunteered for eight years. This year they helped take down and cut up four trees on the church property as well as weed control around the playground area. “It’s a good thing to do. It’s Kelsey’s legacy” said Celia. Saturday was also Darryl and Sharon Lam’s eighth year volunteering. “We do it because it’s more fun to work together,” said Sharon intimating that she has plenty to do at home, but she’d rather be around others. For those who wanted to help indoors, there was opportunity to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to the volunteers; sew school bags and stuff with supplies; and crochet shawls. Nancie Williams, KBG project coordinator, said there were originally 28 project sites slated for this year, but they had to remove or delay some outdoor and painting proj-

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Twenty six teams worked on projects for Kelsey's Big Give Aug. 4. ects due to the recent weather and moisture. Volunteers for KBG this year came from a wide variety of places including Gold’s Gym, a Culpeper Church of Latter Day Saints, a Catholic church in Warrenton, numerous Culpeper teachers and even a family from Pennsylvania. “We drove down Friday evening just for Kelsey’s Big Give,” said Sandi Labuda whose project site was the local Safe House. KBG was a bonus for their visit this time with their daughter who is an ESL teacher at Pearl Sample and attends CUMC. Labuda has never participated in KBG before but always wanted to. “What a great volunteer community you have,” said Labuda. “This church is always doing something for the community. We see it every time we come visit. Just to take care of our neighbors; it’s awesome,” she said adding that she attends the 9:29 service with her family when she visits. Bobby Shiffler, his wife and their six children volunteered for the

first time this year as well. They live in Madison but attend the Church of Latter Day Saints behind the Novant Health UVA Culpeper Medical Center. Shiffler and many other members from his church volunteered their time at several different project sites. “Our church just loves to help out the community. Many of us are doing several things around town today,” he said. Shiffler’s children worked alongside him cleaning out numerous garden beds at CUMC before taking a break for some playground time. His wife worked upstairs in the church with the sewing and crocheting projects. Many tired, dirty and hardworking volunteers started filtering back into the church parking lot at 1 p.m. for lunch though some groups remained at their sites further into the afternoon to complete projects. Standing aside and perusing all the exhausted, but seemingly satisfied, faces Pastor Randy Orndorff smiled and said, “We do this in memory of Kelsey and the love she had for missions.”

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